Men kill women with guns

Wide scope of sources correlating guns with lethality of domestic violence

On Sunday, Guns & America tweeted out a recent article on domestic violence and guns with some stunning numbers:

Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides in the U.S. have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined, according to Everytown Research.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence adds that the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

And "data refute the hypothesis that abusers who want to kill will simply use another weapon if they don’t have a gun," according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

More than two-thirds of spouse and ex-spouse homicide victims between 1980 and 2008 were killed with firearms, according to the Giffords Law Center.

In 2013 alone, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and its project for teens and young adults received a total of 331,078 contacts, and 94.5% of those who identified themselves as victims or survivors were female.

In 2015, Vox reported that 51 percent of women killed by their abuser were killed had a gun in the house.

Cosmopolitan covered another form of domestic abuse called coercive control last year, explaining that "without even pulling the trigger, men are using deadly weapons to threaten, manipulate, and terrorize their intimate partners."

Everytown's Bottom Line: When it comes to gun violence against women, the United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world.

Domestic abusers are barred from gun ownership, but often escape the law, according to a 2017 New York Times report, adding that "experts who investigate mass shootings say a history of domestic violence is often a missed clue."

A report from The Chicago Tribune shortly after last fall's mass shooting at Mercy Hospital said "the outlook is often dire for domestic violence victims." adding that 40 percent of women who died as a result of workplace violence in 2016 did so at the hands of domestic partners or relatives.

In 2017, The Guardian US noted that even "when domestic violence is not the immediate cause of a mass shooting, it was there as a warning sign in the history of the perpetrator."

Evidence suggests that domestic violence–related prohibited-possessor policies may reduce homicide rates, according to Rand Corporation research.

But while 28 states and Washington, D.C., had laws prohibiting convicted domestic batterers from buying or possessing firearms, only 14 required them to give up the guns they already own, according to a 2017 time.com report, which also illuminated the "boyfriend loophole," when laws apply only to a spouse, cohabiting partner or co-parent.

In Georgia, State law contained no such provisions, leaving it up to individual judges to confiscate firearms from husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends who pose a danger, according to a 2016 report from ajc.com.

But last fall in Pennsylvania, new legislation was signed into law requiring those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or subject to protective orders to give up their guns to police, a gun dealer or lawyer within 24 hours, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile on Monday, a new red flag bill was signed into law in New York.

Infographic: Everytown Research

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